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“Jane,” “The Vietnam War” take Critics’ Choice Doc Awards

Brett Morgen’s feature-length documentary Jane and Ken Burns‘ The Vietnam War were among the winners at the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. The sophomore event, which celebrated non-fiction films and television ...
November 3, 2017

Brett Morgen’s feature-length documentary Jane and Ken BurnsThe Vietnam War were among the winners at the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.

The sophomore event, which celebrated non-fiction films and television as chosen by the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), was hosted by magician and television presenter Penn Jillette at a ceremony in Brooklyn, New York on Wednesday (Nov. 2).

Morgen’s aural documentary Jane (pictured) was the top winner at the awards banquet, walking away with the award for Best Documentary.

Burns’ archival-driven The Vietnam War, about one of the most divisive and controversial events in history, received hardware in the Best Documentary Series category.

Evgeny Afineevsky (Cries From Syria) and legendary director Frederick Wiseman (Ex Libris: The New York Public Library), meanwhile, shared honors for Best Director for their respective films.

Also feted were esteemed filmmakers Joe Berlinger, who received the Critics’ Choice Impact Award, and Errol Morris, who was awarded the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award.

“We are so happy to be able to celebrate the supremely talented, leading voices in this golden age of documentary filmmaking and nonfiction television,” said BFCA president Joey Berlin in a statement. “It was another great night in Brooklyn in support of many of the most underappreciated artists in our business.”

The complete list of winners at the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards follows below:

Best Documentary
Brett Morgen’s Jane

Best Director (TIE)
Evgeny Afineevsky’s Cries from Syria and Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

Best First Documentary
Ceyda Torun’s Kedi

Best Political Documentary
Steve James’ Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Best Sports Documentary
Bryan Fogel’s Icarus: A Doping House of Cards Tumbles Down

Best Music Documentary
Charles Perkel’s Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives

Best Song in a Documentary
“Jump” (Amanda Lipitz’s Step) – written by Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson and Laura Karpman, performed by Cynthia Erivo

Best Documentary Series
Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War

Best Ongoing Documentary Series
PBS ‘American Masters’

Most Innovative Documentary (TIE) 
Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time and Firas Fayyad’s Last Men in Aleppo

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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